Shipshape East Anglia (SEA) acts as a focal point bringing together over 50 boat building companies and specialist suppliers across the region, as well as a range of vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels. The SEA network is focussed around activities at a central hub as part of a Coastal Communities funded scheme, located at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Lowestoft, which incorporates facilities from the adjacent Excelsior Trust yard.

Visit the Shipshape East Anglia (SEA) hub

 

Browse Projects in the East Anglia Region

The Excelsior Trust

International Boatbuilding Training College Ltd

IBTC Heritage - Commercial unit

Whisstocks project

Stem to Stern Heritage Training Project

 

EAST ANGLIA REGION SHIPSHAPE REPRESENTATIVE

Hannah Cunliffe - Director, National Historic Ships UK

email: hannah.cunliffe@shipshapenetwork.org.uk

Vessels

Mincarlo - undergoing restoration

Sidewinder Trawler built 1961 by Brooke Marine, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

stern view

Watson Class Lifeboat built 1921 by Saunders Roe, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Zeta under way - bow view

Seaplane Tender built 1941 by Brooke Marine, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

Skills

Wooden boatbuilder, clinker and carvel, bespoke interior fit-outs and re-fits, mobile workshop also available. Member of W.B.T.A.
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The finest marina in Essex on the delightful River Crouch. Offering all services. Access at all states of the tide. On-site chandlery, brokerage and restaurant/bar.
100 ton slipway, 35 ton travel hoist. Experienced engineers, shipwrights, riggers and outfitters. Free wireless internet connection. 10 minutes walk from the picturesque town and all its amenities.
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Complete range of boatyard services:- marine engineering, steel work, shipwrights, boatbuilders, marine electrics and electronics, traditional and modern rigging, painters, yacht finishers, slipway and craneage, mudberths, hardstanding, covered hardstanding, UHP waterblasting and epoxy spraying, yacht transport and deliveries, yacht brokerage, new dinghies and launches, supply of new Beta engines/generators, engineering and electrical supplies, Mikuni heating, commercial paint and boatbuilding supplies - bulk orders or marine products.
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Facilities

Complete range of boatyard services:- marine engineering, steel work, shipwrights, boatbuilders, marine electrics and electronics, traditional and modern rigging, painters, yacht finishers, slipway and craneage, mudberths, hardstanding, covered hardstanding, UHP waterblasting and epoxy spraying, yacht transport and deliveries, yacht brokerage, new dinghies and launches, supply of new Beta engines/generators, engineering and electrical supplies, Mikuni heating, commercial paint and boatbuilding supplies - bulk orders or marine products.
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People

The Pioneer Skills Centre is a boatyard established to provide young people with the opportunity to learn boat building and restoration skills. Work is focused on the restoration of historic sailing vessels.
Boatyard tuition and services are implemented and supervised by two highly qualified and experienced shipwrights, both of whom have a wealth of experience and an established track record. This includes the restoration of the 1st Class Essex Smack 'Pioneer', for which the skills centre also offers maintenance and an operational base.
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Maritime books published by Robert Simper can be used for references to restore a boat, research into traditional boats in coastal regions or just enjoy a good photographic record. Robert gives talks on maritime subjects and uses colour photographs as illustrations. He is very keen to keep traditional boats sailing.
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